Church bells that have rung since 1779 silenced after noise complaint
The bells of a church which have rung since 1779 are to be silenced after a noise complaint by a neighbour.
St Peter’s Church in Sandwich, Kent, chimes every 15 minutes but Dover District Council served a night-time noise abatement order, despite 85% of the town’s population objecting.
Carole George, Save The Chimes campaign leader, said it threatened “traditions and history” in the medieval town.
The council said it had a “statutory duty to investigate noise complaints”.
More than 3,500 people signed a petition to keep the bells in the Norman church ringing.
The council’s decision this week will silence the bells between 23:00 and 07:00 GMT.
It comes after the complaint was made in the summer. Save The Chimes then surveyed people in the town and only 15% were indifferent to, or did not like the bells.
Mrs George said: “This is not a democratic decision, the council has ignored the vast majority of its electorate.
“The church has been ringing out for centuries, it’s not a new noise. It’s the beating heart of this town….